3 Reasons The Biggest Loser Contestants (& YOU) Are Set Up To FAIL #LLTV


Why The Biggest Loser Contestants (And YOU) Put Weight Back On

Live Lean Nation, we’re talking about The Biggest Loser TV show on today’s episode of Live Lean TV. But more importantly, 3 reasons why a big percentage of The Biggest Loser contestants, and many of YOU, are set up to fail at LIVING LEAN. In other words, why you inevitably put the weight back on after you lose it.

But before we get to the 3 reasons, you guys know one of my goals is to make the transition to TV. Last year, I had a TV producer approach me for TV concepts, but unfortunately, the concept of teaching people how to LIVE LEAN 365 days a year is just not WOW worthy enough.

Trust me I get.

the biggest loserBefore my fitness career I worked in advertising for 8 years, so I understand the need for the “shock factor”. And based on the ratings, The Biggest Loser TV show obviously has that. Sure The Biggest Loser can be motivating for viewers, and it does help contestants lose weight’¦BUT…

Does The Biggest Loser teach contestants and viewers how to Live Lean?

Before answering this, you may be asking, “What does Live Lean mean?”. If you’re new to my Live Lean 50,000 Transformation Mission, it’s simple. I’m on a mission to educate, motivate, and inspire 50,000 people to Live The Lean Lifestyle by focusing on EATING REAL FOOD and MOVING their BODIES more EFFECTIVELY, 365 days a year. In other words, having the confidence to walk down the beach in your best swimsuit, any day of the year.  

The Biggest Loser Brad GouthroMy Live Lean TV show has been viewed by millions of “Live Leaners” all over the world who are on a mission to create lifestyle habits to MAINTAIN an energetic, strong, and lean body. Now are the question remains’¦are The Biggest Loser contestants learning these lifestyle habits to MAINTAIN their weight loss and “Live Lean” 365 days a year?

Maybe for some… but probably not the majority. Do I disagree with the trainers approach on the biggest loser?  No. Why?Because that’s what The Biggest Loser show is…it’s a competition to lose the weight the fastest. It’s NOT a competition to create the healthiest contestant or teach them how to maintain a healthy lifestyle (i.e. Live Lean).

First off…

Congratulations to The Biggest Loser 15 winner, Rachel Frederickson

The Biggest Loser Rachel Frederickson

Amazing results. I just really hope she is now up to the challenge of living lean. Lets take a quick look at Rachel’s accomplishments. She started the show at 260 lbs and within 7.5 months, ended the show at 105 lbs. That means she lost 60% of her weight, 155 lbs, in just 30 weeks. That averages over 5 lbs in 1 week. The standards for a more aggressive weight loss program typically have people losing 2 lbs per week. In other words, she lost 250% more weight on average per week, than a typical “aggressive” weight loss standard.

Rachel has said she worked out 6 hours a day for 3 months before the finale while maintaining an intake of 1,600 calories. Even her trainer, Dolvett Quince, was “shocked” by her appearance, and was quoted as saying…

“The first thing that went through my mind was, ‘That’s just too much,’ ” – Dolvett Quince

At the time of writing this blog, there’s talk The Biggest Loser may be tweaking the show to not allow such a drastic change in such a short period. That should be interesting.

However, the reason for this video blog is not to be negative towards Rachel Frederickson or The Biggest Loser.

It’s to address…

WHY The Biggest Loser contestants (and YOU) are set up to FAIL in Living Lean:

Reason #1: Lack of calories.

the biggest loser

We all know the calories in vs. calories out equation for weight loss. But I’d add two words to that last sentence…


Let me read it again’¦we all know the calories in vs. calories out equation for short-term weight loss.

You know I’m a big believer that you need to eat to live lean. When you don’t eat enough calories over the long-term, your body ends up entering survival and starvation mode, which simply means your body holds onto stored fat and burns your lean muscle for energy.

Hopefully by now, I’ve beaten the concept that muscle is the driver of your metabolism. So we should be doing everything we can to build and preserve lean muscle tissue for long-term health. If your body’s burning your muscle, your metabolism will come to a crashing halt. Not to mention, no one can live off that low of a calorie intake for long. So inevitably the contestants go back to their old ways of eating. FAIL!

In my opinion, The Biggest Loser contestants seem to be developing a very poor relationship with food.

Remember, REAL food should be a positive experience. It’s your friend. Not your foe.

Reason #2: Exercise.

I’ve heard contestants of The Biggest Loser are working out for up to 6 hours a day while on the show.  Now I’m a workout junkie but even I think I’d develop a hatred for it if I was forced to do that. Working out to me is like brushing my teeth. It’s just something I do without even thinking about it.

This leads to an overall positive connection to exercise.

Once again, the techniques used on The Biggest Loser seem to be creating another negative connection to what should be a positive habit.

Reason #3: Habits.

I kind of already touched on habits.

Food and working out should be a positive experience. 

I’m not sure The Biggest Loser contestants are truly falling in love with the natural high from a good workout or the satiating feeling of eating whole foods that fuels our cells with energy.

Changing your mindset and behaviours will eventually create positive habits. Habits are everything when it comes to living lean. I promise, you will fall in love with the live lean journey once you figure out your “why”.

Why is it important to you?

This will change your mindset from trying to lose weight fast, to creating a healthy long-term lifestyle. As cliche as it sounds, I’m going to end with the standard saying…

Living lean is a marathon, not a race. Anything worthwhile takes time. 

Bottom line.

The Biggest Loser TV show helps contestants lose weight FAST. That’s the point of the show. If seeing those dramatic weight loss stories motivates you to take action on your journey and maintain it as a lifestyle. PERFECT! But if The Biggest Loser is setting you up with unrealistic expectations in your mind and making you develop these negative relationships with food and exercise’¦then it’s time to turn off your TV and turn on YouTube. I hear there’s a decent show called Live Lean TV’¦LOL (shameless plug’¦I know).

The Biggest Loser

Change your mindset. Change your behaviors, and eventually you will form healthy long-term habits to help you live lean 365 days a year.

If an ordinary dude like me can do it. There’s no reason you can’t either.

Keep living lean!

Leave a comment below to let me know what your thoughts are on The Biggest TV show. Do you watch it? Does it motivate you to eat real food and move your body more effectively’¦and live the lean lifestyle?

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0 responses to “3 Reasons The Biggest Loser Contestants (& YOU) Are Set Up To FAIL #LLTV

  1. You’re basically my favorite person on Youtube right now 😛 I was diagnosed
    with bipolar II last year (I was also misdiagnosed with major depressive
    disorder and anxiety before then) and it ticks me off when people say stuff
    like “isn’t that just mood swings?” or whatever….if only they knew that
    left untreated it basically ruins every aspect of your life and makes you
    lose your friends, hobbies, grades, EVERYTHING :/ So rant on!

  2. You were in advertising for 8 years???? What age were you started doing
    that, 12? :-O I’d love a Live Lean TV Show.. Boooo to them for saying no!

  3. I watch and love Biggest Loser because it reminds me that I have little excuse not to improve my health. I am fortunate because I am not as heavy as most of contestants so they probably wouldn’t consider me shock worthy. Although the show is entertaining I am actually hooked on the information I get from your channel. I don’t need shock as much as I need practical advice on a variety of topics that interest me. Keep up the great work or should I say “Damn, that’s good!”

  4. Exercising, and Eating Clean are Important but Often Over Looked is
    Changing your Mental Outlook and or Dealing with the Mental Issues. People
    don’t get the this is a Lifestyle Change !!!!!!! Not a Quick Fix because
    like You Said, if they don’t make this a Habit they will go back to the
    Easy UnHealthy Lives !!!!!!!

  5. See that’s the problem. The guy you made your pitch to assumes everybody
    wants a show with “shock factor.” In the meantime, people like me who want
    shows with good content, not glitz, are getting short changed – that’s why
    I don’t watch much tv. When you get your show, please keep it real – no
    fake reality.

  6. Hi Brad I have a question it is true that in order to lose weight I must do
    weights? Because I don’t like machines I enjoy zumba and combat stile
    fitness classes. Thank you.

  7. 3 Reasons The Biggest Loser Contestants & YOU Are Set Up To FAIL. Do you
    watch The Biggest Loser…what are your thoughts about it?

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